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post Jul 22 2015, 11:11 PM
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http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/feature/...~pjdlNxpA7kEK16

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Five years ago today (July 23), five ordinary teenagers were grouped together at the boot camp stages of The X Factor.

Little did One Direction know at that point that they'd go on to become a pop culture phenomenon, selling millions of records and headlining stadiums the world over.

To mark the fifth anniversary of their inception, Digital Spy has undertaken the task of ranking all of their singles to date from worst to best.

14. 'Gotta Be You'
Released: November 11, 2011
UK chart peak: No.3
After the insane break out success of 'What Makes You Beautiful', its follow-up 'Gotta Be You' felt a bit damp in comparison. The five-piece gave good cheeky, heartthrob in their debut music video, so this came across too sentimental and soppy for a group who were becoming known for their cheeky behaviour.

13. 'More Than This'
Released: May 25, 2012
UK chart peak: No.86
By the time One Direction released 'More Than This' from their debut album, they had already became household names the world over. If anything, this release was to capitalise on the 1D phenomenon in its international infancy, helping to keep momentum over the summer while the guys recorded their second collection (as well as push the accompanying tour DVD). That's not to say it isn't a formidable ballad, and as this live music video shows, Zayn's runs for the final chorus always managed to send the fans into a frenzy.

12. 'Steal My Girl'
Released: September 29, 2014
UK chart peak: No.3
By 2014 expectations for a One Direction lead single were incredibly high, and although 'Steal My Girl' has an infuriatingly catchy chorus laced with kitsch '70s piano lines, it didn't have enough ridiculously bonkers flair as its accompanying music video suggests. That being said, it still introduced its parent album Four relatively well, and always gets a huge reaction at their headline shows.

11. 'Live While We're Young'
Released: September 28, 2012
UK chart peak: No.3
This was the moment One Direction really had to justify the hype and prove that they weren't just another disposable boyband who disappear after one album. While 'Live While We're Young' just misses out on the Top 10 in our ranking, upon its release it broke and set a whole raft of world records. As soon as it was available to pre-order on iTunes that summer it became the fastest-selling pre-order single in history and topping advance sales charts in 40 countries. Then as the music video premiered on Vevo the next month it broke Justin Bieber's record for the most views during its first 24 hours of being online. Adding to that, its No.3 debut on the Hot 100 became the highest ever bow by a UK group in the chart's history.

10. 'Little Things'
Released: December 3, 2012
Chart peak: No.1
Initially a reject from Ed Sheeran's debut album +, the red-headed troubadour allowed One Direction take this acoustic ballad to the top of the charts instead. It is probably the most simple, stripped-back and intimate in the group's discography, allowing the five-piece to showcase their individual vocals tones and melt hearts at the same time.

9. 'One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)'
Released: February 17, 2013
Chart peak: No.1
As is the right of passage for all pop groups, One Direction's shot at a charity single for Comic Relief became the biggest in the organisation's history. The boyband took Blondie's classic hit 'One Way Or Another' and turned it into a teen-rock blowout, managing to wedge in a genius 'Teenage Kicks' middle eight. The accompanying music video was also directed by the band themselves, and included a particular famous face... David Cameron has never looked so awkward.

8. 'Midnight Memories'
Released: March 9, 2014
UK chart peak: No.39
As One Direction's profile sky-rocketed, so did the size of the venues they were headlining. 'Midnight Memories' was timed to coincide with their milestone shows at Wembley Stadium, bringing in ramped up guitars, foot-stomping drums and a massive chorus to fill up the bigger stages they were now playing. It's a crime this never achieved more success on the chart as it's one of the band's most energetic anthems.

7. 'Story of My Life'
Released: October 25, 2013
UK chart peak: No.2
'Story Of My Life' feels like the moment One Direction matured more into a refined, folky soundscape, stepping ever so slightly away from the set boyband formula for balladry. The changed served them well with the track becoming the second biggest-selling of their career in the US so far shifting over 2.5 million downloads. What's more, it's the only single One Direction have released where all five of them are credited as co-writers.

6. 'Best Song Ever'
Released: July 22, 2013
UK chart peak: No.2
'Best Song Ever' came just at the height of One Direction mania. As well as leading their third album Midnight Memories, it was also the official soundtrack for their record-breaking film This Is Us. Naturally that was depicted in the accompanying music video, which is by far their best. Zayn Malik as Veronica was genius, and all five of them proved that behind the puppy dogs eyes and considered coos they can all hold down a bit of comedic acting.

5. 'You & I'
Released: April 15, 2014
UK chart peak: No.19
Quite possibly the most underrated single in their back catalogue, 'You & I' really came into its own at One Direction's massive stadium show in the summer of 2014. It's a soaring, wistful ballad with twinges of the soft-rock formula and Zayn's angelic top notes for the finale. Although the song didn't make the impact it should have on the charts, the accompanying visual did walk away with the British Artist Video of The Year prize at the 2015 Brit Awards.

4. 'One Thing'
Released: January 6, 2012
UK chart peak: No.9
This track was originally two different songs according to its writer Carl Falk, who revealed it was his co-writer Savan Kotecha who suggested they merge them together to create 'One Thing'. And good job too because the 1D boys have admitted on more than one occasion that this is one of their favourite songs they've recorded.

3. 'Night Changes'
Released: November 14, 2014
UK chart peak: No.7
When 'Night Changes' first emerged it didn't really make an impact on the casual music fan, but after a few listens and it quietly proved itself to be one of the group's most substantial ballads. Its soft sway, smooth harmonies and melancholic chorus leans towards Fleetwood Mac, while its contemplative lyric is sentimental without being overblown. On a more poignant note for fans, it will now the final One Direction single to be released with the full original line-up. That is unless Zayn comes back one day.

2. 'What Makes You Beautiful'
Released: September 11, 2011
UK chart peak: No.1
It's the chart hit that started it all. One Direction's debut single was directly inspired by the '90s boybands of yesteryear, if not with a more updated and clever approach to the formula. Its clever concept of the subject's unrecognised beauty appealed to their teen girl following, while its catchy melody meant that everyone else found themselves humming along too. And with its total UK sales standing at 950k as of November 2014, any day now it will become the band's first ever million-selling hit in their homeland.

1. 'Kiss You'
Released: January 7, 2013
UK chart peak: No.9
While their debut hit nodded back to the boybands of the '90s, 'Kiss You' goes back further to the '60s with its twinges of Beach Boys-styled pop. The guitars are chewier, the beats are bouncier and the chorus is catchier than anything they've ever done. It may not have been one of their biggest hits on the charts, but 'Kiss You' always manages to cause a teen-screaming riot at their live shows, its anthemic chorus having threatened to blow the roof off more than a few hundred venues over the years.


So to sum up:

1. Kiss You
2. What Makes You Beautiful
3. Night Changes
4. One Thing
5. You & I
6. Best Song Ever
7. Story of My Life
8. Midnight Memories
9. One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)
10. Little Things
11. Live While We're Young
12. Steal My Girl
13. More Than This
14. Gotta Be You

What are your thoughts on this list? How would you personally rank these tracks?
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post Jul 22 2015, 11:14 PM
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I was pleasantly surprised to see Kiss You top the list actually! That would be my top 3, although in a different order. I'd have One Thing/Midnight Memories/You & I all a bit lower, with More Than This/Steal My Girl/Best Song Ever higher, but otherwise that's not a bad rank!

1. What Makes You Beautiful
2. Night Changes
3. Kiss You
4. Best Song Ever
5. More Than This
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6. Live While We're Young
7. One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)
8. Steal My Girl
9. Little Things
10. Story of My Life
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11. One Thing
12. You & I
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13. Midnight Memories
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14. Gotta Be You
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post Jul 22 2015, 11:27 PM
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What an awful #1.
Great to see night changes so high heart.gif Little things too low though sad.gif

1. Little things heart.gif
2. Night changes heart.gif
3. What makes you beautiful
4. Live while we're young
5. Story of my life
6. Gotta be you
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7. Steal My Girl
8. More Than This
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9. You And I
10. One Thing
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11. Midnight memories
12. One way or another sick2.gif
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13. Best song ever sick2.gif
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14. Kiss you sick2.gif
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post Jul 23 2015, 01:46 AM
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A very surprising (pleasingly so!) winner! wub.gif

My rank:
01. Best Song Ever
02. Kiss You
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03. More Than This
04. Live While We're Young
05. What Makes You Beautiful
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06. Story of My Life
07. Little Things
08. Night Changes
09. Midnight Memories
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10. One Thing
11. Steal My Girl
12. You & I
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13. One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)
14. Gotta Be You
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post Jul 23 2015, 07:23 AM
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My ranking at the moment would definitly be this right now.

1. One Thing wub.gif
2. What Makes You Beautiful
3. Steal My Girl
4. Best Song Ever
5. More Than This
6. Kiss You
7. Live While We're Young
8. Story of My Life
9. One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)
10. Little Things
11. Midnight Memories
12. Night Changes
13. You&I
14. Gotta Be You


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post Jul 23 2015, 07:44 AM
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1. You & I
2. Kiss You
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3. Steal My Girl
4. Best Song Ever
5. Story Of My Life
6. Live While We're Young
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7. Night Changes
8. More Than This
9. What Makes You Beautiful
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10. One Thing
11. Midnight Memories
12. Little Things
13. One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks)
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14. Gotta Be You

'You & I' DISGUSTINGLY low on all your charts sob.gif
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post Jul 23 2015, 09:46 AM
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The thread is called 'Digital Spy rank the 1D singles' but I don't see a rank anywhere unsure.gif
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post Jul 23 2015, 10:13 AM
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I was out after seeing Steal My Girl so low. When it came out so many of my friends said 'Don't tell anyone I like a 1D song, but I LOVE Steal my Girl'.


1) Steal My Girl

2) What Makes You Beautiful
3) Live While We're Young
4) Night Changes

5) Best Song Ever
6) Kiss You
7) One Thing

8) Story Of My Life
9) Gotta Be You
10) More Than This

11) Little Things
12) You & I
13) One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks)
14) Midnight Memories
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post Jul 23 2015, 12:32 PM
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I'm no big 1D fan but that's a terrible list. I've always thought 'Gotta Be You' is very underrated - not their best by any means but certainly not their worst. That Top 2 is a total joke too.

01. Story of My Life
02. Night Changes
03. You & I
04. Best Song Ever
05. Steal My Girl
06. Gotta Be You
07. One Thing
08. What Makes You Beautiful
10. Little Things

The rest are too bad to rank.
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post Jul 23 2015, 01:58 PM
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Gotta Be You is just so WEAK - the verses are nice but lack a strong melody, the chorus is limp and the production is very demo-like. I don't hate the track at all but it's their worst single by a MILE for me.
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I see some trolling occurring in this thread. x

FAB:
1. Story of My Life
2. Steal My Girl
3. Kiss You
4. Best Song Ever

GREAT:
5. What Makes You Beautiful
6. Night Changes
7. You & I

GOOD:
8. Little Things
9. One Thing
10. Live While We're Young
11. One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)
12. More Than This

OK:
13. Midnight Memories
14. Gotta Be You

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Good (But Not Great)
01 Story of My Life

Okay
02 You & I
03 Night Changes
04 Best Song Ever
05 Kiss You

Meh
06 One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks)
07 Steal My Girl
08 Little Things

Bad
09 One Thing
10 Gotta Be You
11 More Than This

Incredibly Bad:
12 What Makes You Beautiful
13 Live While We're Young
14 Midnight Memories

...basically their discography is trash bar 5 songs
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post Jul 23 2015, 09:36 PM
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I don't think that rank could be more wrong if it tried mad.gif
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post Jul 23 2015, 09:58 PM
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Calling One Thing bad?! And even call most of their discography bad?! How dare you!
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Here's how I'd rank them =

1. What Makes You Beautiful
2. Story Of My Life
3. Best Song Ever
4. Kiss You
5. Night Changes
6. Live While We're Young
7. One Thing
8. You & I
9. Steal My Girl
10. Little Things
11. One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks)
12. Midnight Memories
13. More Than This
14. Gotta Be You
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post Jul 27 2015, 05:04 PM
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I always thought Where Do Broken Hearts Go? was a single...
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post Jul 27 2015, 05:37 PM
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Why did you think that? tongue.gif
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post Jul 27 2015, 05:43 PM
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Probably because it got the same amount of promotion their actual singles got.

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Why do artist mods have the edit line?

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